Commandant Series: 2253 C.B. Ware

V Commandant Canadian Services College at Royal Roads: 1952 – 1954

(Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards)

2253 Major General Cameron Bethel Ware, DSO, CD (RMC 1931) was born 9 August 1913 at London, Ontario. His father was Lieutenant Colonel F. B. Ware. He joined the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment on graduation from RMC in 1935. On the outbreak of war in 1939, he was serving on attachment to the British Army. He rejoined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in 1940 as a Major and was appointed second in command in 1941. He led the Batallion in the invasion of Italy and in all operations up to the end of the Battle of Liri Valley in June 1944. He was Mentioned in Despatches 30 October 1943 and awarded the Distinguished Service Order during the battle of the Moro River 5 December 1943. On leaving the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry he was promoted to Colonel and was given command of the Regiment at Camp MacDonald. In September, 1947, he proceeded to Staff College and thereafter received a Senior Staff appointment. On the outbreak of the Korean War he took command of the Canadian Military Mission to the Far East. In 1952, he became Director General of Military training. In 1952, he was appointed Commandant of the Services College at Royal Roads. In 1955, he became Director General of Military Training. He was appointed Commander 1st Canadian Brigade Group in Calgary in 1958, where he was appointed Colonel of the Regiment of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. In 1960, he was appointed Commander 4th Canadian Brigade Group, Germany and upon promotion to Major General in 1962 he was appointed Commandant, National Defence College, Kingston until his retirement in September, 1966. Major-General Ware relinquished the appointment of Colonel of the Regiment on 21 April 1977. Major General Ware passed away 21 January 1999. The Major General Cameron Bethel Ware fonds are in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum and Archives.

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Manual

MGen Cameron B Ware Fonds

*Note: Article reviewed for historical accuracy.  Some omissions due to lack of available sources.*

4 Comments

  • H2951 Ramsey Withers

    March 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    There are some errors and omissions in this text. His graduation from the Imperial Defence College is not listed. The timing of his command of 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group (not 1 CIBG) in Germany is wrong. He assumed command from Brigadier Donald Cameron in 1960 and served until the summer of 1962. I know because I was his Brigade Major.

  • 3921 Roy Strickland

    March 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I am reluctant to correct a distinguished ex-cadet but Brigadier Ware commanded 1 CIBG in Alberta from 1958 to 1959. I know because I was his PA in Wainwright during the Summer Concentration in 1959 and managed to roll him and his jeep during a night move without lights. Fortunately no one was injured except for my reputation as a driver.

  • Jake Bell

    September 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    As a Patricia I was curious to see his photo as the
    CO of the North Shore Regiment near the end of the second world war. Does anyone have info on this?

    Jake

  • russel Donaldson

    November 12, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Grandfather a princess pat in first war.Father a Pat in second war with an incredible respect for major Cam Ware.The story he loved telling was of two of his platoon,getting left behind as they found a wine cellar in italy .They caught up to the regiment within a week ,and they were my dads two closest friends. He marched them in front of Major Ware who asked them if they had anything to say in their defense(silence).He then said,you two are having far to much fun ,so its back into the line with the two of you.That was it.